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CBD 101

What is CBD?

CBD is short for CannaBiDiol. CBD is one of over 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. These phytocannabinoids interact with the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of receptors and signaling molecules involved in regulating a wide range of physiological processes. The ECS plays a role in modulating pain, inflammation, mood, appetite, and sleep, among other functions. CBD works by binding to and activating specific receptors in the ECS. Unlike THC, which primarily binds to the CB1 receptor in the brain and central nervous system, CBD has a more complex mechanism of action. CBD can interact with several different receptors in the ECS, including the CB1 and CB2 receptors, as well as other receptors and ion channels outside of the ECS.

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CBD is not impairing, meaning it does not cause a “high." CBD can be derived from hemp or from non-hemp plants. Hemp is defined as any part of the cannabis sativa plant with no more than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering substance in marijuana. FULL ARTICLE.

From wikipedia: A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors, which are part of the endocannabinoid system found in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. FULL ARTICLE.

What is Delta 8?

Delta-8-THC (Delta 8) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, but in much smaller quantities than Delta-9-THC (Delta-9), the more well-known cannabinoid responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. Delta 8 is chemically similar to Delta-9, but it has some structural differences that make it less potent.

Delta-8-THC has been gaining popularity as a legal alternative to Delta-9-THC, which is still illegal in many parts of the United States. Delta 8 is legal under federal law because it is derived from hemp, which was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. Some people use Delta 8 for its reported calming and relaxing effects, as well as its potential to reduce pain and inflammation. However, like other cannabinoids, more research is needed to fully understand its potential benefits and risks. It's also worth noting that some states have laws restricting the sale and use of Delta 8, so it's important to check local laws before purchasing or using it.

What is the difference between THC vs CBD vs Delta 8?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the 150+ cannabinoids found in the Cannabis sativa plant. THC is the compound that creates that ‘high’ feeling and has several medicinal qualities. However, CBD has most if not more of the medicinal attributes of THC while lacking THC’s psychoactive properties. Furthermore, out of the 150+ cannabinoids found in the plant, Delta-8 is one of them. Delta 8 is usually extracted from the plant and contains <0.03 THC which creates a bit of 'high' feeling depending on how many miligrams you take. For further research, check out this article about CBD vs THC vs Delta-8: What are the differences and which should you choose?

What does Delta 8 do?

Delta 8 is a cannabinoid compound found in cannabis plants that interacts with the body's endocannabinoid system. Delta 8 has been found to have various effects on the body, including:

  1. Psychoactive effects: Delta 8 has a mild psychoactive effect, which can cause euphoria, relaxation, and an altered perception of time.
  2. Pain relief: Delta 8 has been found to have pain-relieving properties, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain.
  3. Appetite stimulation: Delta 8 has been found to stimulate appetite, which can be beneficial for those who have difficulty eating due to various health conditions.
  4. Anti-nausea: Delta 8 has been found to have anti-nausea properties, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from nausea due to chemotherapy or other health conditions.
  5. Anxiety relief: Delta 8 has been found to have a calming effect that can reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.

It's important to note that Delta 8 is still a relatively new compound, and research is ongoing to fully understand its effects on the body. Additionally, the effects of Delta 8 can vary depending on the individual, the dosage, and the method of consumption. It's essential to consult a healthcare professional before using Delta 8, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.

How can CBD or Delta 8 affect you?

From Forbes: Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical compound found in the cannabis sativa plant. When applied topically or consumed through smoke inhalation or edible consumption, CBD interacts with neuroreceptors in your endocannabinoid system, which sends signals between your cells to help regulate your movement, mood, homeostasis and immune system.

CBD research is growing, too. Here are nine ways studies suggest CBD oil could benefit your health. Read FULL ARTICLE.

According to the National Cancer Institute, delta-8 THC can bind to the CB1 receptor throughout the body. These receptors are part of our endocannabinoid system, which helps our body regulate and maintain homeostasis. “Homeostasis” is just fancy lingo for complete balance throughout the body. 

Delta 8 exhibits a lower psychotropic potency than delta-9 THC, so it doesn’t bind to the receptor as well. This helps it demonstrate a variety of properties that present as powerful benefits.

Delta 8 THC: Natural or Synthetic?

Many people are confused about the current state of affairs related to Δ8 THC. 

This cannabinoid is found naturally in the cannabis plant, yet many people are worried it may be synthetic because of all the problems that have arisen from synthetic THCs in the past.

You may have heard that in several states they are trying to crack down on Delta-8 regulations. This can be stressful if you’re in one of those key states, like Texas, and you have been using Delta 8 for anxiety, stress, sleep, etc.  Whether you are a retailer or a Delta-8 consumer, this affects you to some level. 

In this post, you’ll learn where delta 8 THC comes from, why experts consider it naturally derived rather than synthetic, and what this means from a legal perspective.

What makes delta 8 different than synthetic products?

The first thing you should know: Delta 8 is not a synthetic cannabinoid, although there are some out there. You might have heard of K2 or Spice in reference to synthetic cannabinoids. They are lab-produced cannabinoids that can mimic the properties of natural phytocannabinoids (like hemp or marijuana-derived cannabinoids for example).  The legal status of these man-made drugs and the fact that they are oftentimes marketed as marijuana has caused some to take pause. These lab made alternatives are not safe and may also have higher mood-altering properties than their natural alternatives.

The second thing you should know. There has been lot of misinformation and “Cannabating” regarding Delta 8, including those that would lead you to believe it is ALL synthetic.

Is Delta 8 THC Natural?

Spoiler Alert: Delta 8 is Natural…Generally most people who take the view that ALL Delta 8 is synthetic, ARE NOT chemists and simply misinformed.

Delta 8 THC is a naturally occurring compound that forms in cannabis, but only in minuscule amounts.

Until recently, the only way to obtain any meaningful quantities of delta 8 THC was to extract and concentrate it from massive quantities of marijuana. These products were illegal and expensive — so there was little public interest in Δ8 THC. 

But times are changing. 

Scientists have recently discovered new methods of isolating and extracting significant volumes of the Δ8 THC from hemp. They’re legal under the 2018 Farm Bill (in most states) and cost less than most delta 9 THC products. 

The fact that Δ8 THC occurs in nature makes it a natural cannabinoid and even making it through natural isomerization processes.

Synthetic cannabinoids refer to the compounds not available in natural sources. These compounds have entirely different chemical structures, potencies, and effect profiles. Many of them have even proved to deliver substantial adverse effects on the body. 

Why do some think that Delta 8 THC synthetic? Delta 8 is a natural cannabis compound that occurs in both marijuana and hemp. However, its presence can be so little that one needs a massive amount of plant material to procure any significant quantity of this compound. For this reason, some manufacturers choose to create it with synthetic products instead of extracting it directly from hemp. So, while some Delta 8 products may be synthetic, that doesn’t make ALL Delta 8 products synthetic. As with anything else you purchase, know your source and don’t just put anything into your body. Buy from a reputable retailer.

What are the effects of Delta 8 Gummies?

You should experience a mellow high, and you may also notice a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and even heightened focus. You may feel more energized, too. Apart from these usual effects, delta-8 gummies may also increase your appetite and alleviate pain and inflammation.

Will Delta 8 get me high?

Although it’s a THC, it does not have an intense high. Because of this, many people take it to help them with anxiety, sleep problems, and maybe even pain management, among other reasons. Due to its potential, various companies are already selling delta-8 THC products, both online and offline

How is hemp different than marijuana?

Unlike marijuana, hemp contains extremely low (less than 0.3%) THC. THC is the compound in marijuana that is psychoactive and makes you feel high.

What are the benefits and risks of Delta 8?

Delta 8 is a cannabinoid compound found in cannabis plants that is becoming increasingly popular as a legal alternative to Delta 9, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Delta 8 has some potential benefits and risks that are worth considering.


  • Reduced psychoactive effects: Unlike Delta 9, Delta 8 has a milder psychoactive effect, which can be beneficial for those who want to experience some of the benefits of marijuana without feeling too high.
  • Reduced anxiety and paranoia: Delta 8 has been found to have a calming effect that can reduce anxiety and paranoia, which can be helpful for those who are sensitive to the psychoactive effects of Delta 9.
  • Pain relief: Delta 8 has been found to have pain-relieving properties, which can be beneficial for those who suffer from chronic pain.


  • Lack of research: There is limited research on Delta 8, which means that we do not fully understand its effects on the body or potential risks.
  • Legal status: Although Delta 8 is legal in many states, it is not legal in all states and may be subject to change in the future.
  • Impurities: Because Delta 8 is extracted from cannabis plants, there is a risk of impurities, such as pesticides or heavy metals, which can be harmful to health. This is why it is important that you choose a company that does 3rd party testing (like we do).
  • Addiction: Like Delta 9, Delta 8 has the potential to be addictive, and long-term use can lead to dependence.

It is essential to consult a healthcare professional before using Delta 8, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications.

Research on CBD

The potential therapeutic benefits of CBD have been the subject of extensive research in recent years. While much of the research is still in its early stages, preliminary studies suggest that CBD may have a wide range of health benefits.

Pain and Inflammation

One of the most well-established uses of CBD is for the management of pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that CBD may be effective in reducing chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain. CBD has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and may be beneficial for conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune disorders.

Anxiety and Depression

CBD has been found to have anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and antidepressant effects in both animal and human studies. CBD may help regulate the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and glutamate, which are involved in mood regulation. Studies have shown that CBD may be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in individuals with these conditions.

Epilepsy and Seizures

One of the most well-established medical uses of CBD is for the treatment of epilepsy and seizures. In 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of a CBD-based drug called Epidiolex for the treatment of two rare forms of childhood epilepsy. Several clinical trials have also shown that CBD may be effective in reducing seizures in adults with epilepsy.

Sleep Disorders

CBD may also be beneficial for the management of sleep disorders such as insomnia. Studies have shown that CBD may help regulate sleep patterns and improve the quality of sleep in individuals with sleep disorders.


While more research is needed, some studies suggest that CBD may have anti-tumor effects and may be beneficial for the management of cancer-related symptoms such as pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Other Potential Benefits

CBD has also been studied for its potential benefits in a wide range of other conditions, including acne, high blood pressure, and substance abuse disorders. However, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of CBD in these areas.

Usage Guide

How To Use CBD

Types of CBD products

CBD is available in a variety of forms, including oils, capsules, topicals, and edibles. The type of product used will depend on the individual's needs and preferences.

Dosage guidelines

CBD dosages can vary based on the individual's weight, medical condition, and the type of product used. It is recommended that individuals start with a low dose and gradually increase as needed.

Risks and side effects

While CBD is generally considered safe, there are some potential risks and side effects associated with its use. These can include drowsiness, dry mouth, and changes in appetite. CBD can also interact with certain medications, so it is important to speak with a healthcare provider before using CBD.

How much Delta 8 should I take?

To start things off, DELTA 88 offers three different strengths of Delta 8 gummies: 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg of Δ8 THC per piece for easy dosing.

Key Points to Remember:

  1. Less Is more. Start slow and work your way up. The results don’t always improve with higher doses.
  2. Everybody is different. Find what works for you. Any recommendation is just a starting point.


That’s the question that comes up most frequently after “What is CBD?,”  “How can it help me?” and “What’s the best way to take it?”

Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer. Most people who are new to the world of CBD are encouraged to start with the smallest suggested dosage, and gradually increasing the dosage until they achieve their desired results.

  • CLARITY, CALM, FOCUS. Start with 5-10mg. Most people use 10-60mg.
  • ALL-DAY PAIN RELIEF. Start with 15-25mg. Most people use 20-120mg.
  • SLEEP. Start with 30mg. Most people use 40mg – 120mg+

Research is underway to determine how much CBD the body needs to get the most beneficial effect. It’s turning out to be different for everyone depending on his or her make-up, the issue being treated, and their chosen method of intake.

What is the recommended CBD & Delta 8 dosage?

CBD is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  However, CBD may help to bring your body back into homeostasis, or balance. With the full range of maladies CBD can potentially help, there are factors to take into account when you consider how much to take.

There are substantial differences whether you’re treating acute or chronic symptoms. Chronic issues have been reported to require taking higher doses for more extended periods of time, while acute problems can be relieved with smaller amounts and less vigilance.

CBD effects everyone differently – both immediately and over time. The product and dosage that works best depends on the individual.

As with all other CBD products, it necessary to begin slowly and gradually increase the dosage with respect to the well-being. Amount of CBD and other cannabinoids depends on the individual’s weight, type of an issue or a disease and many other parameters.

Legally, we are unable to make dosage recommendations. We can not say what is the right dose for your problem. So we suggest doing some further research.  The best recommendation is to educate yourself before using cannabinoids and to find the best possible product that suits you. However, many people who are new to CBD start with a lower amount and gradually work their way up to the amount that’s right for them.

We do recommend that you try CBD for at least 14 days at a time. This will allow you to understand the longer-term effects. There’s something out there for everyone, so don’t hesitate to try out different types and amounts.

Potency: Why the different strengths?

As you’re probably gathering by now,  the amount of CBD necessary for specific issues is still being widely researched. However, due to absorbability, larger amounts of CBD may be necessary to treat the body. The way it’s talked about scientifically is milligrams/kilograms or a milligram of medication per kilogram of the body weight of the person taking the medicine.

it is important to note the potency for any CBD product. An average starting dose is around 5-10mg of CBD. Depending on the potency, this could be 5 to 10 drops of oil from a bottle strength of 40mg per mL. The more potent options are good if you understand your ideal dose and want to be more efficient. If you are new to CBD, start with a less potent product to allow yourself more control over your doses.

Before continuing its important to understand what MG and ML stand for.

What are MG and ML?

MG is short for Milligrams. A milligram is a measurement of weight for an active ingredient. CBD is measured in total weight within the container not per ml.

ML is short for Milliliter. A milliliter is used to describe the volume of fluid, in this case the total liquid within the container – the size of the bottle or jar.

How long does it take Delta 8 Gummies to work?

The amount of time it takes largely depends on your method of consumption. For instance, if you are taking Delta 8 via an edible (such as a gummy), it might take between 60 to 90 minutes before your body can begin to digest and absorb it. After that, the effects should hit a peak and then last about 3 to 8 hours.

Medical Uses of CBD

In addition to its potential therapeutic benefits, CBD has also been studied for its use in the medical field. CBD-based drugs are currently being developed and tested for a wide range of medical conditions.


A CBD-based drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of epilepsy, has been found to be effective in reducing seizures in individuals with certain types of epilepsy. Sativex, a cannabis-based medication containing


Sativex is a medication that contains equal amounts of THC and CBD. It is primarily used to treat spasticity in people with multiple sclerosis. Sativex is available in several countries, including Canada and the UK, but is not yet approved for use in the US.

Other CBD-based drugs in development

Several other CBD-based drugs are currently in development and being studied for a wide range of medical conditions, including pain, inflammation, and neurological disorders. These drugs are undergoing clinical trials to assess their safety and effectiveness.

If I Use CBD or Delta 8, Will I Pass a Drug Test?

In the states where marijuna is legal, CBD oil may contain oil from the marijuna plant or a combination of marijuana and hemp.  In states where marijuna is not legal, CBD oil should only come from the hemp plant.

Most CBD hemp oil contains <0.3% THC. While this is less than the legal limit in Texas, many drug tests can distinguish the difference between CBD and THC. However, not all drug tests separate between CBD and THC on test results.

WARNING: if you suspect that you will be drug tested, please contact your employer / doctor / parole officer / etc. prior to using hemp or CBD Products.

Regarding drug testing:

We cannot make any claims on whether or not any of our products will show up on a drug test.

Pure CBD isolate products have NO THC. Full spectrum products are made with a full spectrum CBD Oil and contain less than 0.3% CBD.

We are not legally able to make any guarantees or recommendations or regarding drug tests on THC free or Full Spectrum products. If that is a concern, we would recommend not consuming any CBD products and/or doing some further research at PROJECTCBD.ORG, before making the decision to consume any CBD.

4 Tips Before You Begin

  1. If you are new to CBD, it’s recommended you to start with the lower dosages and gradually work your way up to the dose that works for you.
  2. Larger individuals may prefer a higher dose of CBD than smaller people.
  3. If you have a medical condition, always consult with a health care professional before consuming CBD.
  4. When you use CBD, you might need to use it during a longer period of time for the endocannabinoid effects to occur.

Legal Status of CBD & Delta 8

Is CBD legal?

Federal laws

CBD is currently legal at the federal level in the US, as long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3% THC. However, the legal status of CBD can be complicated, and there are still some restrictions on its use in certain states.

A note on the above points: Again, just because federal law states CBD is legal doesn’t mean your state laws are on board with it. Always check the law in your local area.

State laws

The legality of CBD can vary from state to state. Some states have legalized CBD for medical or recreational use, while others have stricter regulations or outright bans on CBD.

Regulations for CBD products

CBD products are regulated by the FDA, but the regulations are still evolving. It is important to choose high-quality CBD products from reputable manufacturers to ensure their safety and effectiveness.

The regulations regarding the sale of CBD (cannabidiol) products vary by state in the US. In some states, a license is required to sell CBD products, while in others no specific license is required. It is also important to note that the legal status of CBD can change quickly as new laws and regulations are passed.

It would be best to check with your state's department of health or agriculture to determine if a permit or license is required to sell CBD products in your state. Also, it is important to consult with a legal professional familiar with the state regulations to ensure that you are in compliance with all laws and regulations.

Is Delta 8 Legal?

The legal status of Delta 8 can vary depending on the country and state in which you live. In the United States, the legality of Delta 8 is a bit of a gray area. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and hemp-derived products, including Delta 8, as long as they contain less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana). However, some states have banned Delta 8, and others have yet to regulate it.

It's important to research the laws in your state or country before using Delta 8, as the legal status can change. Additionally, make sure to purchase Delta 8 from a reputable source that provides third-party lab testing to ensure the product contains less than 0.3% Delta 9 THC and is free of harmful contaminants.

How is Delta-8-THC extracted so that it’s legal?

And why does the Delta-8-THC extraction process matter so much?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Delta-8-THC is naturally occurring in only very low quantities, so it’s typically made from CBD derived from legal hemp.
  • CBD is converted to Delta-8-THC through a process called “isomerization,” a unique conversion process that’s been around for decades.
  • The rest of the extraction process is the same as the process used to make CBD products.
  • If delta 8 is extracted correctly, it’s legal in the U.S. in most states and can be ordered online with no hassle.

Where is CBD + Delta 8 legal?

CBD (cannabidiol) is legal in all states under the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) and its derivatives, including CBD, from the Controlled Substances Act. However, some states may still have their own regulations and restrictions because it is derived from the cannabis plant. CBD must be legal on both the federal level and the state level in order for it to be legal in your state.

There are 17 states called that legalized both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana as long as you meet the minimum age requirement: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Some states have legalized CBD only for specific medical purposes Some of these states only allow CBD below certain THC levels. CBD and CBD products in Idaho are legal only if they contain zero THC and are derived from the mature stalks of the plant. In Tennessee, possession of CBD products is legal if they contain less than 0.6% THC. In Alabama, the maximum THC level is 0.3%.

It's always best to check with your state laws and regulations before using any CBD products. 


Read More About It

Below is a list of recent articles, medical research papers, case studies, blogs, and lifestyle content that speak in depth about what exactly CBD, Hemp, and Delta-8 are, research on the health benefits, side effects, their legality, and just an overall view of the current studies and conversations around CBD. Keep in mind this is not medical advice and you should always consult with your doctor before use. The FDA has not yet approved CBD products – please see our FDA information. This page will be updated frequently to reflect the most current findings.

Is CBD legal? Here’s what you need to know, according to science - By PBS

CBD: What Is It, What Does It Do, and What Are the Benefits? - By Lifespan Living talks about the difference between CBD and THC, and what it is commonly used for.

Cannabidiol (CBD): What we know and what we don't - By Harvard Health Publishing talk about how cannabidiol is different from marijuana, cannabis, and hemp and its legality.

Delta-8-THC: Delta-9-THC’s nicer younger sibling? - By Journal of Cannabis Research talks about the background and history of CBD and medical and case studies on CBD usage.

Cannabidiol: A Potential New Alternative for the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Psychotic Disorders - By National Library of Medicine

Reasons for cannabidiol use: a cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems - By Journal of Cannabis Research

Every Question You Have About CBD—Answered - By - Does CBD get you high? What are the actual benefits? Will it show up on a drug test? Here's everything you need to know about the product that's suddenly everywhere.